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Washington students encouraged to compete in letter-writing contest 


An annual national contest encouraging students to write about a favorite or influential book is under way.

The Letters About Literature competition encourages young readers to write letters to their favorite authors, living or dead, and explain how a particular book by an author changed their view of the world or themselves. The contest, co-sponsored by the Washington State Library, is for schoolchildren and homeschooled students in grades 4-12.

“Books inspire kids and open new worlds to them, and that’s what this contest is all about,” said Secretary of State Kim Wyman. “I encourage all students to read because it’s so fundamental to learning and it gives them a strong founda...

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